Grand Theft Auto V is still a month away from its release date, but before gamers get the chance to return to San Andreas (or at least Los Santos), Saints Row IV, which rewrote the book on pure entertainment in video games, is available right now. While Saints Row IV will not redefine the open-world/sandbox genre of gaming, it’s definitely worth your time.
While the GTA series is known for being as realistic as possible, Saints Row has no problem foregoing all that pesky “realism”. For those who have never played a Saints Row game, they can be summed up by describing them as a Grand Theft Auto game on mescaline. An early mission involves your character sneaking through an alien mother ship (completely naked), hijacking a small spacecraft and specifically turning on the radio to listen to Haddaway's "What is Love" as he makes his escape from the ship. Missions like this are just one of the reasons why the Saints Row series is so entertaining.
For those who did play Saints Row: The Third, the official ending to that game was the “Save Shaundi” choice because the game starts out with her alive in your crew as you hunt down members of a terrorist cell. Following a successful operation, your character is elected President of the United States.
Cut to five years later. Earth is invaded by an alien race, known as the Zin. Led by Emperor Zinyak, the Saints (along with other high-ranking and valuable humans) are taken to the Zin’s spaceship and imprisoned in a virtual simulation of Steelport. While this may sound like a knockoff of The Matrix (it totally is) that’s not a bad thing. Your character now has the ability to do things we would consider impossible including running up buildings, telekinesis and having Keith David (who voiced Julius in Saints Row 1 & 2) as your friend/Vice President
If you have played Saints Row: The Third, you should feel at home. Much like with Grand Theft Auto IV’s DLCs The Lost and the Damned and The Ballad of Gay Tony, the layout of the town is the same, but different locations are now used and focused on.
When an opening level of a game includes references to Predator, Terminator 2, Armageddon and Zero Dark Thirty, you know you’re in for a wild ride. At present time, Saints Row IV is supposed to be the final chapter of this series, so if you've never played one of these games, you owe it to yourself to get a copy and enjoy all the over-the-top mayhem and madness.
As always, games and DLC were provided by the Edgewood Retail District GameStop.